Necessary heart/head aches – editing

Oh, the pain and exhilaration of editing. Cutting The Blood from 107,900+ words to 88,667 was excruciating but I learned about writing in the process. And it is a process you can’t do alone. Three major edits have produced a much tighter story. With assistance from an independent editor and writing coach and a couple of friendly readers willing to put their reactions and questions to paper, The Blood will be going off to an official proofreader within the next week for an estimate on time and cost. I understand how an author can absolutely know that a manuscript is done to perfection and then spend the next 18 months actually getting it closer. No manuscript will be without error but a good author who believes in the story they have written will make every effort to make it the best possible before it gets printed for others to enjoy. Read Mark Stevens’ blog from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers:


Author: TimberDark Writer

Simply, I am passionate about writing and dancing. I also love reading, quilting and hunting. I have written stories since childhood. I have a degree in English, taught in a parochial school, substituted K-12, raised three daughters, coached and refereed youth soccer, square danced since I was seven, and created and hand quilted award winning quilts. When not writing I assist my husband teach square dancing 3-4 times a week, co-coach an historical dance exhibition team and I hunt with my family and friends to fill the freezer. I have two award winning novels. "The Blood,"published in May 2014 is a multiple award winner, placing third in both the Science Fiction and Fantasy categories of the 2014 EVVY Awards, from Colorado Independent Publishers Association and received a four star review by Foreword Clarion Review in May 2016. The second novel, "The Balance", was published in September 2016, placed second in Science Fiction in the 2017 EVVY Awards. Both books are available on Amazon and in the young adult fiction shelves at The Tattered Cover Book Store in the Denver, Colorado metro area. Book three of the series, "The Blades" is under construction. My TimberDark Writer blog is a part of my writing process. You are invited to share in the journey. Contact me at or on my Facebook page:

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